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From the January 1888 issue of The Christian Science Journal

In the older time of broad hearths and open fireplaces, of wood -fires, huge backlogs, brilliant flames, and glowing coals, there was occasionally a commotion in the burning pile, which would shoot out sparks, sometimes singly and sometimes almost in a shower, lending a new brightness and activity to the scene, even though evanescent. At the forge, too, where the hammer comes down on the redhot iron, brilliant, glittering particles follow the blow, and go out, only to be repeated with each successive stroke.